The capital city of Newfoundland and Labrador has historical roots as far back as the early 1500s. Since then, many colourful events have combined to give St. John's its unique personality.
Clashes between the English and French, flamboyant politicians, living ghosts and haunted houses, and the rise and fall of courageous men and women have shaped its character. Today the city stands tall and proud against bitter Arctic winds and the wild Atlantic Sea.
Veteran St. John's writers Frank Galgay and Michael McCarthy have teamed up to give a fitting tribute to this magnificent seaport and unforgettable legacy.
About the Authors
Frank Galgay is a prominent Newfoundland educator and author. He holds a B.A. and M.Ed. Degrees in classical languages and education, and has served as teacher and administrator in a number of Newfoundland schools. He is the author of Life and Times of Sir Ambrose Shea, A History of the Southern Shore and Everybody's Business. He has co-authored some best-selling Newfoundland books: Shipwrecks of Newfoundland and Labrador, A Christmas Box, Buried Treasures of Newfoundland and Labrador, and a history of communications called Voice of Generations. He is married to the former Rosemary McDonald and has four children: Colleen, Sean, Brendan, and Matthew. Mr. Galgay resides in St. John's and is serving a second term as a St. John's City Councillor.
Michael McCarthy was born in St. Jacques, Fortune Bay, moving to Terrenceville at the age of five, where he attended school until Grade XI. He attended Memorial University of Newfoundland and University of Ottawa, graduating with an M.A. degree in Literature. He taught in a number of communities until his retirement in 1986. Mike is the author of three novels: The Journey Home, The Treasure of Kelly's Island and Escape, together with a history of The Irish in Newfoundland. He has co-authored Shipwrecks of Newfoundland and Labrador, The Angry Seas, A Christmas Box, Fables, Fairies and Folklore, Buried Treasures of Newfoundland and Labrador and a history of communications called Voices of Generations. Mr. McCarthy has also written for several magazines, as well as radio and television. He is married to the former Ann Hamlyn and has two children: Michael and Karen. He resides in Mount Pearl.